Community Forum at George Eastman House 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 8

Focus is the photographs submitted to “Picturing Rochester” exhibition; speakers from city, county, and education to discuss is the community’s view of Rochester

For Release 2010-02-03

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House is hosting a Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, to respond to the community’s view of Rochester — based on the nearly 1,000 photograph submissions to the museum’s “Picturing Rochester” exhibition. The forum is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers will include representatives from the city, county, education, and business. These community leaders will engage in a forum, to be moderated by Jennifer Leonard, president and executive director of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, which is organizing the event with Eastman House. Participants include Patti Malgieri, Rochester deputy mayor; Judy Seil, acting executive director of County of Monroe Development Agency (COMIDA); Ali Zoibi, publisher of Democrat and Chronicle; Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College; Elaine Spaull, vice president of Rochester City Council; Jennifer Gkourlias, Rochester City School District’s director of social studies; and Malcolm “Sandy” Wolcott Jr., regional president of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.

The “Picturing Rochester” portion of the Where We Live exhibition gathers together images from the community, illustrating through photographs Rochester’s strengths and challenges. The submissions, which include waterways, landmarks, and photographs related to economic development, will be analyzed and discussed, in regard to Rochester’s strengths and challenges. In addition, student representatives will discuss their role as part of the exhibition’s “I Am the Change” display of photography taken by area youth.

Those attending the forum may visit the Where We Live exhibition before the forum (beginning at 5 p.m.) or following.  The forum will be held in the Eastman House’s Dryden Theatre.

The Where We Live exhibition, including “Picturing Rochester,” is on view though Feb. 14. It was mounted in October 2009 in conjunction with the City of Rochester’s 175th anniversary last year. Eastman House has focused its photography galleries on Rochester for Where We Live, which was designed to prompt a dialogue among visitors and community leaders about perceptions of Rochester as a place to live, work, and play. The larger goals are to explore the challenges and celebrate the strengths.

Where We Live is presented in partnership with JP Morgan Chase Foundation, with additional support from Rochester Area Community Foundation, Rowe Photo Video Audio; CSX Transportation; Eastman Kodak Co.; WXXI; and Democrat and Chronicle

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